Maths class at HCH

Mathematics is our daily companion whether we just want to figure out when to leave the house to be on time for a meeting, check whether we got the correct change or whether we use more advanced maths as part of our jobs.

Our mathematics teachers are very enthusiastic about their subject and their enthusiasm is contagious. We believe that students learn mathematics best by doing it themselves and our teachers see themselves as facilitators of this learning process.

Mathematics is more than just calculating; it is reasoning, analysing, selecting, sketching, interpreting, proving, modelling and deducing. Skills that can later in life be applied to many situations.

There are different ways of discovering and practising mathematics, be it through games, puzzles, or investigations, but we know ultimately that experience makes the mathematician.

We prepare our students for the 11+ exam taken in Year 6, the 13+ taken in Year 8 and the GCSE taken at the end of Year 11.

In the sixth form we prepare our students for the AS exams in Year 12 and the A-level at the end of Year 13.

Anja LichtenauBSc PGCE
  • Head of Mathematics

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Science Week 2020 starts with a bang!

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As a student-led initiative, it is our students who will be implementing and facilitating the changes that will help improve our environmental practises and understanding. They will be reaching out to parents, governors and teachers alike to participate in this exciting process.

Should you wish to learn more about the initiative please take a look at or contact Tom Clery at

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